Beginnings or Endings


The sunsets we have been having lately have been absolutely stunning. They are a mix of purples, blues, pinks…bright turquoise, oranges and yellows. There are times the sky looks like it is on fire.

It is like God is giving us a gift and making the cold days of winter beautiful in His own way. It is a wonderful way to end a day by walking out to put the girls in for the night. It is food for the soul to stand outside in the quiet and watch with awe the display that is dusk.

This time of year there  is a quiet beauty. The greens of growing things are gone, but the dazzling display that is sunset, more than makes up for the loss of greens. The cold of the air doesn’t have the perfume of summer flowers but has it’s own scent that proclaims winter……and it is wonderful.

Sometimes it is difficult to tell where the ending of the day begins or the beginning of the ending starts. The wind dies down, the winter birds grow silent, and the sky becomes tinged with pink.

There is a hush in this space of time between day and night. The air is crisp, as only winter days can be. It is a delight for the senses and I am amazed every time I get to enjoy that time.

So much of life is like that space of time. So many times an ending is just a beginning. Last week I went to my last physical therapy visit!! While that was a definite ending it was, for me, the beginning of knowing that I am, for the most part, better.( I still have to do the balance things at home and check in with them in three months.)

We are in the middle of winter and yet the beginnings of spring are starting to show up. Seed catalogs have started arriving and to me that says warmer days are not far behind. I know there will be some snowstorms yet this season but, somewhere in this time frame is the overlap of living in winter but preparing for Spring.

Maybe this is where hope comes in. The kind of hope that is not just wishful thinking but the hope that is expectation and assurance. There is an expectation that Spring will surely follow Winter. There is the expectation that before that there will be more snow and cold weather.

While we wait for those warmer days let us enjoy the day that is now. Let us realize that the beginnings and endings of things most often are somehow tangled together and it is okay.

May you be blessed with beautiful sunsets that end this day and begin the new one.


“The end is never the end.
It’s always the the beginning of something.”

― Kate Lord Brown,
The Perfume Garden

40 thoughts on “Beginnings or Endings

  1. Ame says:

    While we wait for those warmer days let us enjoy the day that is now. Let us realize that the beginnings and endings of things most often are somehow tangled together and it is okay.

    i love that 🙂

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you Ame! As I stood out there so many thoughts tangled in my mind just like the end of day and beginning of dusk were all tangled together. Made me think of so many other beginnings and endings where there is no solid line to say when one quits and the other starts.


  2. oneta hayes says:

    Glad you are making it back to good health. New beginnings. Yes. I am thankful for Spring coming. I don’t take advantage of gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Sorry to say. But I will still sleep an hour past sunrise in the morning I am sure. 😀

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      My sister and I always tell each other that every day is one day closer to Spring…..I sometimes wonder if we are trying to hurry our life along? I think not I think we are just anxious for warmer days where being outside doesn’t involve bundling up against the Iowa wind.
      It is good that God gives us beauty to compensate for the cold!

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      • susieshy45 says:

        We humans tend to do that don’t we ? When my second daughter was growing up, I used to wish she would grow up fast as she was getting too much for me to handle on my own.( don’t be shocked). Now I wish at least one of them were there at home with us. We want the clock of time to move faster than it it wound up by God.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Ruth! I am doing so much better. I faithfully follow orders and do my balance exercises at home as I do not want to go backwards! I still get tired easier than I used to and there are days every joint in my body hurts….but those days are less and less.

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  3. Timelesslady says:

    Lovely! I live in a town where I don’t get that wide open view of the sunsets. Instead the bare branches of trees almost seem to be lit on fire with God’s glorious end of the day. I enjoyed your post.

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  4. says:

    I love watching the sky at this time of year as well. The ice crystals in the sky are partially responsible for this, but we both know that God is working His art for our benefit. Glad to hear you are healing.


  5. Al says:

    This is more of a poem than a post. You have a gift for translating the beauty of nature into words.

    I have prided myself in seeing and enjoying the beauty around me no matter where I am. For most of my life I have been successful in that but when I’m not, I can feel depression trying to close in. I guess what I’m saying is that to appreciate nature’s beauty is an elixir of sorts, one that you have in great quantity.

    Yesterday here was very cold and blustery. But as I looked out over the Chesapeake Bay and all the white caps, it was like a painting. It was like nature showing that even in its strength the beauty is still there for anyone open to it. Probably the exact opposite scene from what you witnessed, but I think we both got the same inner warmth from it.

    P.S. Glad to hear you are doing so well after your flu virus.

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Thank you so much Al. Being able to stand outside and just take it all in is kind of like being in the middle of a poem.
      I totally understand about depression trying to close in. The weeks where it was just gray, gray gray were really hard.
      I bet your whitecaps were amazing! There is so much power in those blustery days and to get to watch that over the bay….lucky you! I have never been to the Chesapeake Bay but I have seen pictures and I am in awe.


  6. bcparkison says:

    Ah…the circle of life where there is no begining and no ending. Everything just joins together in a circle with our god in the center.
    Praising God for your health rebounding. And just in time to reach and get it.

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  7. lindasschaub says:

    That’s a beautiful sunset Faye … I don’t see the beauty of them as I’m in a neighborhood and the beautiful sky is marred by the rooftops and trees but I do know I am missing something. Thankful it was your last therapy visit and you are good to go now for three months. The seed catalogs – wow, well, it is never too soon to start planning. I’ve enjoyed our mild Winter but it is wishful thinking to hope it can last much longer. We had a very ugly November, so Mother Nature has been kind to us the last six weeks.

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  8. beaconsoflife says:

    Love this post Faye! I feel the same way about sunsets and if I was up earlier I could enjoy sunrises too. We don’t get to see expansive sunsets like you do. Being in a neighborhood means I see trees and houses, which is nice in it’s own way too. I am able to see a sunset over the cul de sac across the street from our house and have taken pictures of it quite often. Glad you are on the mend. Here’s to New Beginnings for you and the New Year!

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    • thechickengrandma says:

      Lately I am not often up for sunrises either! I do sleep more than I did before I was sick. I expect that will slowly get better also.
      I think I get to see the sunsets because I lock my girls in at night and then you cannot miss it! Lately our colors are amazing.
      A great New Year to you also!


  9. Margy says:

    I’m enjoying the sunrises and sunsets more than usual, I think. It is such a gift to just be around to appreciate them.

    Health issues remind me of this quote I collected when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer:
    “The healthy require health as an affirmation that their will is still effective, and they must continually prove this effectiveness. The ill accept their vulnerability as an affirmation that the world is perfect without any exercise of their will, and this acceptance is their freedom… I still did not know how to enjoy health without making it a condition of my life. We are free only when we no longer require health, however much we may prefer it.”
    – Arthur W. Frank

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  10. George says:

    What a beautiful photo, Faye. If there is ever a question that God exists, it’s this type of beauty that erases all doubt.
    So glad you completed your physical therapy. I smiled when you wrote about the seeds and hints of spring. we woke up to zero temps and wind chill 10-15 below. But I’m smiling…:)

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